It's diaper duty time for Chad Lowe. The Pretty Little Liars star and his producer wife Kim Painter welcomed the birth of their second child on Thursday. And the proud father took to Twitter to announce the exciting news.
"It's a girl!!!" Lowe, 44, tweeted. "And she's as beautiful as her mommy (@ikimlowe) & big sister Mabel!! We are blessed!"
It's a girl!!! And she's as beautiful as her mommy (@ikimlowe) & big sister Mabel!! We are blessed!
— Chad Lowe (@ichadlowe) November 17, 2012
While Lowe was previously married to actress Hilary Swank for eight years, they never had kids together. Now, Lowe and his second wife, Painter, are quickly expanding their family. Their first daughter, three-year-old Mabel, was born just 15 months before the couple tied the knot on Aug. 28, 2010. Now, Mabel has a younger sister, and the little girl knows it. "[Mabel] knows she's got a big job," Lowe tells Us magazine. "She's got a lot of things to teach her sibling."
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The 96-year-old actress, famed for providing the voice of Smurfette in the popular children's series, passed away on 8 November (12) after a battle with a staph infection and pneumonia.
Bliss' longtime co-star Bell, who voiced Grouchy Smurf, Lazy Smurf and Handy Smurf in the show, has now spoken out to honour her memory.
He tells TMZ.com, "Goodbye Lucille. You were the stuff Smurf dreams were made of. I know Lazy Smurf dreamed about you... Handy Smurf made you lots of things you didn't need... and Grouchy secretly had your pin-up calendar over his head. You had more energy and grit than all of us blue boys put together. You were the original Smurf 'It' girl... and you will be sorely missed."
Bliss also voiced cartoon characters in The Flintstones, 101 Dalmatians, Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland throughout her career, and her most famous role of Smurfette was reprised by pop star Katy Perry in a 2011 movie reboot of The Smurfs.
Voice actress Lucille Bliss, best known for providing voices for such classic cartoons as The Smurfs, Crusader Rabbit, and The Jetsons, died of natural causes on November 8 at an assisted living center in Costa Mesa, the Los Angeles Times. She was 96 years old.
Bliss' career in Hollywood spanned 60 years and, according to the L.A. Times, she was last working as recently at last month. Bliss got her start in the business in 1950 by providing the voice for Cinderella's stepsister Anastasia in Disney's animated film. Later that same year she was cast as the voice as the title character in NBC's Crusader Rabbit, the first first animated series to ever be produced specifically for television.
Owner of TDA Animation David Scheve recently spoke of Bliss' talents to the L.A. Times. "Actors from her generation who came up in live radio, you'd do one or two takes with Lucille and she'd just nail it," he praises. "She could do three or four characters in one [scene] and you'd never know they were all her. She was terrific."
In the 1960s, Bliss provided the original voice of Elroy Jetson on The Jetsons. She lost her job, she told interviewers at the time, because she refused to work under a stage name that would hide the fact that a grown woman was providing the voice for a little boy. She said, "Life as a voice actress is tough. It's not an easy career."
Children of the '80s best know Bliss for her work as Smurfette on Smurfs. She voiced the bubbly blonde for the show's entire run, from 1981 to 1990. When the show went off the air, Bliss continued to find work, providing voices for video games (you can hear her on Star Wars: Bounty Hunter and Battlestar Galactica) as well as feature films such as 2005's Robots and television shows including Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Bliss took her job as a voice artist incredibly seriously and was a lifelong student of her craft. According to the L.A. Times, Bliss continued to take acting classes with aspiring artists late into her life and once told a writer, "I'm an actress specializing in voices. don't like the term 'voice-over.' … You have to be an actor first, and then the voice.... You have to take acting lessons to learn how to act before you can speak."
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The character actress passed away on Thursday (08Nov12) at the age of 96 after a battle with a staph infection and pneumonia, according to a report published on industry website BehindTheVoiceActors.com.
Throughout her career, Bliss voiced a host of popular cartoon characters, including Crusader Rabbit, Smurfette and Ms. Bitters on the Nickelodeon show Invader ZIM.
She voiced the wicked stepsister Anastasia Tremaine in Walt Disney classic Cinderella in 1950, and also loaned her talents to Alice in Wonderland the following year (51).
Pop star Katy Perry took on Bliss' most famous role of Smurfette in a 2011 movie reboot of The Smurfs, and she is due to reprise the character for a 2013 sequel.
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How can you go wrong with such a fabulous cast? They all do a great job including McGregor as the earnest Rodney Copperbottom; Brooks as the soft-hearted boss Big Weld; Kinnear as the vain and conniving Rachet; Broadbent as the repugnantly evil Gasket; Jennifer Coolidge as the hilarious and lovable big-booty bot Aunt Fanny; Halle Berry as the smart and seductive executive bot Cappy; and Amanda Bynes as the perky Piper determined to prove herself. But once again voice over veteran Robin Williams steals the show as the broke down and chaotic robot Fender. With his hundreds of voices and impersonations animated films fit the frenetic Williams to a tee making him the undisputed king.
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